The symptomatic eye of Mike Kelley
Contemporary Art | The Pompidou Centre is to present a reconfigured version of the Mike Kelley retrospective first shown at the Stedelijk museum. A major player on the Californian art scene who passed away in 2012, his work was inspired by « sub-cultures » , popular mythology and « minor » or « parasitic » contemporary histories such as punk, science fiction and spectacular technological demonstrations. A member of punk group « destroy all monsters » early on in life, his take on pop culture and its imagery was neither condescending nor mindful of good taste. On the contrary, for Kelley, these pieces were a window onto the symptoms of psychologies, neuroses and problems common to all social classes, and their ports of entry; entry into the conventions, norms and levels of an institutionalised social and cultural structure containing hidden quarters, basements, bins and monsters. How do you describe, depict and define cultural conventions?